Slow boat to Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang Travel Blog› entry 9 of 32 › view all entries
March 23rd, 2006 – by: Kimble_and_Shanty
We booked a trip to Laos using the 2 day slow boat service...and slow it turned out to be. The
journey consisted of a 5 hour minibus trip to the thai-Laos border (Chiang Khong), an overnight
stay in the grubbiest flea-pit guesthouse we;ve found so far (thanks to P&J Guesthouse) then a
short journey over the river early next morning. We then endured an uncomfortable 6 hour boat
ride with an overnight stay in Pak Beng. The boat set off again next morning for what was supposed
to be a 5 hour journey, but what actually turned into 9 hours to due to the low level of the river
and hazardous underwater obstacles. The boat also happened to have let without any food or water for
sale (and we had none), the only thing they had was Beer Lao.
The place consists of many beautiful french colonial buildings as the place was a former french colony up
until about 50 years ago, and also is a UNESCO world heritage site. It had a very chilled atmosphere to
it and felt quite European (aside from the temperature). On our last day, we took a visit to a local waterfall and forest park. The waterfalls were stunning as seen in the photos, and in the forest park we found a bear and tiger santuary. The bears were rescued after their mother had been shot by poachers and the same applied to the solitary tiger their, who despite her size was only a few months old. The evening was spent consuming copious amounts of beer lao, after kim bumped into her old flat mate Charlie.
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